With the latest season of Below Deck: Mediterranean airing on Bravo and Peacock, speculations abound about the extent to which the show (or really any reality show) produces its moments as opposed to them being completely authentic. According to multiple casts and crew members, while the drama is real, not everything about the show is accurate. Many things happen behind the scenes that aren’t shown, but that’s only to make sure the show gets made and things run smoothly. While there are many misconceptions about Below Deck, cast members clear these up in interviews, blog posts and podcasts.
According to Chef Ben Robinson in an interview with the Daily Mirror, Chef Ben said that on the Below Deck reality TV yachts, “There isn’t much respect of rank. That wouldn’t happen normally on a yacht.” This is evident in many of the episodes, especially with the Bosun position. On an episode of The Daily Dish Podcast, deckhand Rhylee Gerber outright said, “To me it’s not about rank. OK, I understand there is rank. But just because you’re above me doesn’t mean you can speak down to me. It doesn’t mean you can treat me disrespectfully.” The level of disrespect on the Below Deck yachts is tolerated because it makes for good TV, but would never be allowed on a regular boat.